Carnegie Mellon University

Arriving on Campus

Please find below information regarding arriving on campus including International and Early Arrival, Opening Day, Orientation Day, modes of transportation, and procedures for students traveling alone.

All requests for early arrival must be submitted through the Enrollment Portal before May 5 and must include flight information. If you are submitting an Early Arrival request, the permitted dates of arrival are below:

  • International Students: Thursday, June 29, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Early Arrival Domestic Students: Friday, June 30, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Please see the Enrollment Portal for details on how to request an early arrival. Please note: It is highly recommended that students choose an early arrival if they will be traveling alone.

If you and your parent/guardian are in need of lodging accommodations for arrival prior to these dates, please visit Carnegie Mellon's recommended accommodations site. Please be aware that most hotels in the United States will not permit an individual under the age of 18 to stay in a hotel without a parent/guardian.

Opening Day is the preferred arrival day for any student who is able to arrive on that day. Check-in begins at 9:00 am and goes until 1:00 pm. If you will be arriving before or after that time frame, please reach out to Pre-College Student Affairs for assistance.

Parents are encouraged, but not required, to attend Opening Day. Students and parents will have the opportunity to hear from their academic program directors and the Director of Pre-College Programs, meet with program instructors, and discuss student schedules. The events of the day are followed by a dinner for students, parents, and program staff. Parents may stay until dinner on Opening Day. All programming after dinner is for students only.

Under special circumstances and prior authorization, students can arrive on Orientation Day. However, they will miss important items of discussion including an all-program meeting, floor meetings, and the events of Opening Day. If you are unable to arrive on Opening Day or as an early arrival, please reach out to Pre-College Student Affairs to get permission and authorize arrival on Orientation Day.

Students will have the opportunity to learn more about Carnegie Mellon University, navigate campus, and get to know other students in the program. We highly encourage all students to take full advantage of this day.

Traffic Flow and Transportation to Campus

Traffic Flow

An email will be sent prior to the start of our program with instructions for arriving on campus. You can also download the Campus Map for your reference.

Transportation to Campus

Specific directions for arriving on campus will be provided prior to the move-in date, including details regarding residence hall locations and check-in procedures. General options for traveling to campus are:

The 28X Pittsburgh Regional Transit bus is an easy way to travel to campus. The bus can be found at the PIT airport Door #6 on the lower level. Please be aware that the 28X bus runs between the hours of 5:30 am – 12:00 am. If students are arriving outside of these hours, they must arrange alternative transportation. Please see the above link for bus fare cost, and please be prepared to have exact change as the bus drivers do not give change. The final stop on the schedule, Oakland – CMU, will stop directly in front of our buildings, Morewood Gardens & E-Tower. 

Uber and Lyft operate in Pittsburgh and provide a simple way to find transportation in our city. Please download and set up an account via the app for this service prior to arrival. Students should plan to arrive at 1060 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (corner of Forbes & Morewood).
Driving directions will be provided via email to the students prior to their arrival and will include information on the location of residence halls and check-in procedures.
You may elect an alternate form of transportation from the airport or another arrival location. Please see this resource from the Pittsburgh International Airport for taxi or driver services.